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Oct. 10, 2012 9:30 am

Federal report: Since 2006, Philly has spent $2.3M in federal dollars on unfinished counterterrorism site

According to a U.S. Senate report, since 2006, Philly has spent $2.3 million of federal money to build a counterterrorism site that’s hardly finished, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The city says that while the project is a year behind, it’s still moving forward: City officials, however, say that a small center is operating and that […]

An example of the counterterrorism center, or "fusion center" that Philadelphia is still in the process of building. Photo from presstv.ir

According to a U.S. Senate report, since 2006, Philly has spent $2.3 million of federal money to build a counterterrorism site that’s hardly finished, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

The city says that while the project is a year behind, it’s still moving forward:

City officials, however, say that a small center is operating and that plans to build a regional intelligence center were back on track, particularly since the Philadelphia Police Department recently took control of the project.

The building of the center is about a year behind schedule, but, [a legislative assistant to Everett Gillison, deputy mayor for public safety, Tom] Elsasser said, “we have not spent money improperly.”

Read the full article here.

For more details on the city’s response to the Senate report, check out this Newsworks article. Newsworks reports that a permanent counterterrorism center at 20th and Oregon should be finished by early 2013.

Updated 12:38 p.m. 10/10/12 to add more information and link to Newsworks article.

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Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes began as lead reporter at Technically Philly in July 2012. Previously, she was a city services beat reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, as part of a project called “It’s Our Money.” She is learning to drive, learning to bike (in the city) but is an expert at taking SEPTA. She grew up in North Jersey and Manila, Philippines but she left the tropics for Bryn Mawr College, where she majored in linguistics. She now lives in West Philly.

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